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Velocity Cruz Reader – One of the Worst Tablets Ever

imageWhen I don’t post in a long time, sometimes because I can’t think of something to blog about, and then I write a post like this, and think “This post has been staring me in the face for weeks, and I’ve only though of it today?”
I’ve been aware of the Velocity Cruz Reader for about 6 months. It’s a device which serves much the same function as the iPad, but it uses the Android OS instead of Apple’s iOS.
I think the Velocity Cruz Reader is one of the worst tablets to hit the market. I’ve told that to at least 70 people considering getting a tablet.
And now I’m finally blogging about it.
Velocity has two tablets on the market. The inexpensive $120 to $150 Cruz Reader and the $250 to $300 Cruz Tablet. The first and less expensive model is the one to avoid, while the second is actually worth the money.
Clarification: Cruz Reader under $150, BAD; Cruz Tablet over $250, GREAT!
imageSorry, I’m rambling, I’ve been awake for less than 30 minutes.
Honestly, I am surprised they released the Cruz Reader onto the marketplace. Its touchscreen is its worst feature, as it requires repeated hammering to get a reponse. One average I had to strike an icon 5 times before anything happened.
Then the 256 MB of system memory can’t be considered anything less than anemic, in my opinion. There are smart phones with more memory than this. When I point this out people often say, “No, Rob, it has 4GB of memory.” Tehn I correct them by pointing out that the 4GB refers to an SD card for storing files, and not to system memory for running the device and its apps. 256 MB will run into speed and functionality problems quite quickly.
So if you are looking for a tablet: Stay away from the Cruz Reader — try it for the hell of it — then buy the Cruz Tablet instead.
Guess I’ll blog about the Cruz Tablet for breakfast tomorrow. Have a great day! Eat your breakfast!

Get a Kickstand for your iPad

Incipio Kickstand Nylon Case for iPad

I don’t have an iPad, but I do have an old e-book reader, the eBookwise 1150 — which I’d like to replace sometime soon — which I use quite a bit when I’m eating alone or snacking. I like to do a little reading while I eat, and I’m often trying to find some combination of items I can use to prop it up at an angle so I can read comfortable. Oftentimes this results in me leaning it up against the napkin holder, while placing a small book or something else at the base to prevent it from sliding.

Maybe you’ve found yourself doing the same thing with your iPad?

Incipio Kickstand Nylon Case for iPadWell, I was looking at the iPads and the iPad accessories over at MacMall.com, and I saw a couple of products that would work nicely for iPad owners.

One such product is the Kickstand Nylon Case by Incipio. It comes in three different colors: Light Gray (shown),  Black, and Khaki/Tan. It’s constructed from rip-stop nylon with a microsuede lining on the inside to protect your investme—, er, iPad from scuffs and scratches. It acts as a book cover, as you can see, but it also has a kickstand design that allows you to prop it up for reading or video watching. (You forgot you can watch videos on it, didn’t you?)

Incipio Kickstand Nylon Case for iPad Incipio Kickstand Nylon Case for iPad

As it is a book cover, it also comes with a magnetic latch to keep it closed when not in use. And, lest I forget, they cost only $22.99 each. Get one now and protect that iPad.

New iPad Accessories Arrivals

Free iPad — Is it worth it?

A reader from Philadelphia named Erin asks:

“I saw an offer online to get a free iPad. Is this a scam?”

I took a look at the web page address you sent me Erin, and in all likelihood its a legitimate offer, but you’re going to have to jump through a lot of hoops to get it.

Apple iPad

Apple iPad

The Hoops

As I said, you’ll have to jump through some hoops — 10 of them to be exact — in order to qualify. Here’s some more fine print:

To obtain the gift for this promotion you must:
1) register with valid information including e-mail address, shipping address, and phone number
2) complete the survey
3) complete at least 2 Silver, 2 Gold and 4 Platinum Sponsor Offers
4) be a U.S. resident 18 or older
5) not cancel your participation in more than a total of 2 Sponsor Offers within 6 days of the Sponsor Offer Initial Transaction Date
… Some Sponsor Offers may require a purchase to qualify.

Basically you’ll be giving away a lot of personal information such as addresses, emails, and phone numbers.

They will send you email.

They will call you by phone.

And you will shell out some cash. Not for the iPad. The cash will go to cover the shipping, handling, and subscriptions fees for some of the offers you will be required to accept.

I checked out the Silver, Gold, and Platinum offers, and here’s what will be asked of you:

The Gold and Silver Offers require you to either apply for a credit card or a credit report (and doing so might affect your credit rating). Or you might be asked to refer one of your friends to this program (which might cost you a friend). Or you might choose to subscribe to DVD subscription service. There were many other options, and they were all similar to the ones I’ve mentioned here. They require you to complete 2 Silver Offers and 2 Gold Offers to be eligible for the iPad.

The Platinum Offers , of which you must complete 4, involve more of the same, with some additional offers for dental health plans, air purification systems, and diet programs.

Is it worth it?

I don’t think so.

Why do they do this?

The folks offering you the free iPad are getting paid referral fees and incentives from the various service providers connected to the Silver, Gold, and Platinum offers. Some of these providers will pay as much as $30 t0 $80 for a legitimate email address or phone number.

A lot of people are going to get tired of trying to complete all the offers, and they’ll come up short, but the “free iPad folks” will still get their referral rewards. The number of people who fail to meet the requirements will outnumber those who complete the requirements. By then they’ll have made enough in referral fees to by half a dozen iPads.